History Lesson: The birth of modern medical practice vs. Eclectic Medicine

Eclectic Medicine – Eclectic medicine was a branch of medicine developed in the United States for about a century from the mid-1800s to 1939, when the last Eclectic school of medicine closed. It incorporated the use of herbs and other remedies in alignment with nature and opposed the use of bloodletting, mercury and strong chemicals, which were prevalent at the time. The demise of this branch of medicine occurred when a reform of medical schools, undertaken in the early 1900’s, resulted in the adopting of uniform standards and a curriculum advocated by the AMA (America Medical Association), a strictly science-based model that supported the use of chemical constituents over whole herbs. The reforms gradually took hold and the AMA obtained control of medical education in each state, thus ensuring their system of medicine would be the only legally practiced system allowed. The center of Eclectic education was in Cincinnati, Ohio and the school there was the last to close. Today, the Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati houses many of the papers and books of the Eclectics including the libraries from many of the Eclectic schools.”

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2 responses to “History Lesson: The birth of modern medical practice vs. Eclectic Medicine

  1. Wow, I never knew that, Rachel. Very interesting. Have you been to that museum?

    • Unfortunately, no I haven’t. Maybe that would be a good overnight trip from Michigan. The kids might be bored with it, but I would love it!

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